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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexey Shirov
Shirov - Kramnik WCC Candidates Match (1998), Cazorla ESP, rd 3, May-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Seville Variation (D87)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-12-03  PVS: One would think that Shirov could have found something more active than 22...Qe3. Maybe he was somewaht risk averse playing black this early in the match (game three).
Jan-14-06  aw1988: Perhaps Rc8 instead of Qe3.
Mar-03-06  Hesam7: @ csmath

On another page you said that White's game can be improved after the Queen exchange. Can you point us where?

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  plang: The first two games of the match were drawn rather uneventfully. In game 1 Kramnik had played 12 Bd3. 12 Bxf7+ is known as the Seville variation due to it being used four times by Karpov against Kasparov in their 1987 match (each won one). There was also a fifth game between the two won by Karpov at Belfort 1988. 15..e5 was first played by Ivanchuk in 1990. 16 Bf2 had been the theoretical continuation until Nenashev played 16 Qd3 against Conquest in the 1997 Groningen Open (a nice win by white). Conquest had played 19..b6; 19..Bh6 was new and clearly an improvement. The exchange of queens is OK for black because the activity of his rook and his queenside majority provides adequate counterplay. Kramnik felt that after 25..Rxa2 26 Nf3 (preventing 26..Rd2)..Ra4 27 d6..Bb6 28 d7..Bd8 29 Rb1 the game would have been even. Neither player was able to generate winning chances in the endgame.
Aug-11-08  Woody Wood Pusher: 14...cxd4 is bad according to Karpov, Shirov should really have read the analysis of the guy who invented this line. 14 ...Qd6 is best
Jan-23-11  KingG: <14...cxd4 is bad according to Karpov, Shirov should really have read the analysis of the guy who invented this line. 14 ...Qd6 is best> I'm not sure how relevant Karpov's views on the Seville variation were by 1998, and in any case Shirov made an easy draw here, with 25...Bd4 even being suggested as a possible improvement. Kasparov also played 14...cxd4 a year later against Kramnik and drew in the famous game Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1999.
Jun-09-13  csmath: <@ csmath

On another page you said that White's game can be improved after the Queen exchange. Can you point us where?>

I did not notice that question before. :-)
Since I am now re-analizing Grunfeld Exchange I do not know what I meanst honestly.

I think this whole variation (19. h3) is rather drawish but worth playing since the ending is a minefield for both. I think black has more risks so I would prefer not to get into as black.

I am just tunning my opening black repertoire aways from KID and QID and into Grundfeld. As white I would play anti-Grunfeld lines since I am not well educated in d4. I am mostly e4 player, dedication to Fischer. ;-)

Jun-09-13  Nerwal: 30. ♘g5 would have been quite interesting, and dangerous - for both sides...

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